1. Tell us about your Association and its activity Nigeria.
The Nigerian-Belgian Commercial Information and Documentation Center (NBCIDC) was incorporated on the 21st February, 2002 but has been open to the public since September 1997. The center is a non-profit organization with the objective of promoting business between Nigeria and Belgium. The main task of the center is to provide businessmen in both countries with the information and contacts that they require to make their business decisions.
In 2009 the NBCIDC merged with the Nigerian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), resulting in a more efficient and bigger network for its members. Through many activities and services, such as trade missions and liaison office services; the center regularly receives and processes requests for information and contacts from reputable Nigerian companies and organizations. Next to this, members are systematically informed about the situation of their sector, the Nigerian economy and trade fairs.
2. What are the reasons for your collaboration with Clarion Events West Africa on their International transport, logistics and supply chain management exhibition; Multimodal West Africa?
The Port of Antwerp, the second biggest port in Europe, played an important role at the beginning of Nigeria’s port reform leading to the landlord model of port concession. Both the Nigerian Ports Authority and the Port of Antwerp are now looking into strengthening their collaboration even more.
It is within this sector that we see a lot of opportunities in the development of Nigeria where Belgian companies can be involved in.
3. What challenges do your members face when trying to increase their business development in the Nigerian transport & logistics industry?
Belgium wants to encourage Nigeria to further position itself as a stabilizing influence on the continent in order to pursue economic development and diversification from petroleum and natural gas.
4. And how has the association helped to increase it’s the business development of its members in the Nigerian transport & logistics industry?
At the end of September, we have brought in a delegation from Nigeria to visit the Port of Antwerp for a three-day trade mission. We visited companies specializing in the distribution of fruits and vegetables and focused as well on the value chain and processing of commodities.
5. How do you think the Federal Governments recent efforts to boost port and terminal activity will positively affect the transport & logistics industry?
We hope that it will stimulate cooperation between Nigerian and Belgium which is a major hub for the transport and logistics industry.
6. Since the concession of 26 terminals to private terminal operators on the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) model, Nigerian ports have witnessed a rapid transformation. West Africa now boasts a substantial presence of international port operators including: APM Terminals, Bolloré, China Merchants, CMA Terminals, DP World, ICTSI, Portek and TIL Group.
- What would be your message to international freight forwarders, 3PLs, shipping lines, technology & equipment providers for the transport & logistics industry that are interested in expanding their operations in the region?
The Nigerian transport and logistics industry in one of the fastest growing markets at the moment and as a chamber we welcome all events that promote partnerships between Nigerian and international companies. For international companies we hope that they are able to find growth opportunities here.Read more exclusive interviews